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  • Address: Madrid, Spain
  • Admission: Free

Plaza Mayor is a large square in central Madrid. It serves today as a meeting place for tourists and locals alike, and has played host to a variety of festivities throughout history, including bull fights, soccer matches, and executions during the Spanish Inquisition.

The plaza was built in the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign - the central statue is a nod to him overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of three-story residential buildings with balconies overlooking the center, providing excellent views of the action below.

The most prominent of the buildings in the plaza is the Casa de la Panaderia - House of the Baker's Guild, which today serves municipal and cultural functions. There are also several shops and eateries that occupy the ground level of the buildings and provide refreshments for hungry and thirsty travelers admiring the square.

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Plaza Mayor has undergone many changes over the centuries. Victim to three fires, the buildings surrounding the plaza have been rebuilt each time. The most recent update to the plaza was the addition of colorful frescos in 1992.

Also nearby is the popular Puerta del Sol, another landmark plaza of Madrid.

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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid, Madrid, null
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

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On this 2 hour walking tour you will stroll down through the core of medieval Madrid accompanied by a guide. The winding streets of the Arch of Cutlers will ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $41.80
Private Custom Tour: Madrid in a Day, Madrid, City Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Madrid in a Day

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Experience the best of Madrid, and see the sights that you want to see on this private tour. Choose from a half- or full-day tour, then let your local guide ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3.5 hours (half-day tour) or 7 hours (full-day tour)

From USD $47.05
Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner, Madrid, Custom Private Tours
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Delve into Spanish history and culture on this 4-hour Madrid historical walking tour with food tasting and dinner. Stroll through the winding centuries-old ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.02
Madrid Sightseeing Segway Tour, Madrid, Food Tours
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Madrid Sightseeing Segway Tour

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Take a trip through Madrid history on a futuristic Segway personal transporter. The 2-hour sightseeing tour will take you to see the city’s attractions, from ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.81
Madrid Segway City Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Segway City Tour

This 3-hour Segway Tour will take you to Madrid’s central district, which is the capital’s historical and cultural hotspot (see two-hour tour). Visit the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.96
Madrid at Night Bike Guided Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid at Night Bike Guided Tour

Enjoy on this unique 2-hour bike tour that starts after sunset when the lights go on and Madrid shows its most romantic, charming and wildest side. If you like ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.58
Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour, Madrid, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

Breeze through Madrid on this 2- or 3-hour Segway sightseeing tour. Choose two hours, and head to the city center, which has been Spain’s center of power since ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.52
Madrid Panoramic Private Tour by Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Panoramic Private Tour by Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

On this 4-hour private tour you will be picked up at your hotel and will start off on a 4 hour ride through the streets of Madrid on this classy car with a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.22
Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid, Madrid, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Enjoy the highly popular Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour Segway Tour. Start with 2-3 min training on the segway, you'll visit one of the most beautiful parks in ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.80
Madrid Guided Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Guided Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit the fascinating city of Madrid at night with its beautiful lights on this guided tour where you can enjoy a different way to appreciate the city!

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.00

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